Herb Smith, a member of the Honor Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Solider Society, spoke during a program hosted by the Sergeant Newton Chapter, of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution at Merryvale on Oct. 12.
Most agree that throughout the last few years, new life has come to the Square at the heart of Covington. We have seen a variety of shops, restaurants and eateries open. And others are set to join them soon. What's even more amazing is the number of people you see walking through the Square and sitting on the benches, visiting all throughout the day and evening.
We are in the last few weeks of another election cycle. Have you ever thought what the impact of winning can have on the winner's life? Sure, running for office takes a large amount of effort. But what then?
While driving around Newton County this summer, no matter how short the drive, anyone can see a dead tree or shrub in many yards. It would stand to reason they died from dry weather seeing how dry this summer has been. Some would also think the high temperatures were the cause of mortality.
The best way I know to help choose what direction our community, state or nation moves toward is by voting for people who best reflect our own beliefs. Voting is a sacred right that we have been given by those who came before us. Some have given their life defending this freedom; some have worked hard to see that right is not for a few but for all, and it would be a great shame if we don't vote and instead allow that right to be wasted.
Dan Forster, recently retired Director of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division (WRD), was recognized with the Seth Gordon Award, the highest honor given by the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (AFWA).